Arlington Special Olympics coach goes 'Over the Edge' again

Arlington Eagles Special Olympics Team Coach Sandy Catiis begins climb down the Rainier Tower in Seattle for last year
Arlington Eagles Special Olympics Team Coach Sandy Catiis begins climb down the Rainier Tower in Seattle for last year's 'Over the Edge' fundraiser.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Sandy Catiis.

ARLINGTON — Sandy Catiis faced her fears last year to help out the Arlington Eagles Special Olympics Team that she coaches.

This year, she'll not only be repeating that feat, but she's also roped her son, Mike, into joining her as she goes "Over the Edge."

Special Olympics' Over the Edge fundraiser will once again see volunteers rappelling down the side of the 514-foot Rainier Tower in Seattle.

Last year, Sandy's other son, 22-year-old autistic Joshua, cheered her on as she made her climb, which kept her motivated as she made her 20-minute descent from the skyscraper.

"I thought of how many challenges Josh faces on a daily basis," Sandy Catiis said. "I should be able to face this fear, be brave and complete the challenge at hand."

Catiis was one of 100 participants in last year's downward climb, and she raised $1,300 of last year's total of more than $181,000 in donations for Special Olympics in Washington.

Sandy will once again scale down the side of the building's 41 stories, this time with Mike, for the Aug. 13-14 fundraiser this year. In the meantime, she's continuing her own streak of fundraising for Over the Edge by appearing at the Silvana Fair on July 30.

"Special Olympics has made a big difference in Joshua's life, as well as the lives of all of my athletes," Sandy Catiis said. "Please take the time to support this event and help spread the message that people with disabilities can be heroes too. I can't do this without you."

To donate online, log onto or You may also mail checks, money orders and credit card forms to Special Olympics of Washington, c/o Over the Edge, at 2150 N. 107th St., Suite 220, Seattle, WA 98133. Please add Sandy or Michael Catiis to the memo lines of the checks and credit card forms. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

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